COLUMBIA, Mo. • The Missouri men's basketball team improved to 5-0 in interim coach Tim Fuller's final game running the team Monday night, beating Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 78-64 at Mizzou Arena.
Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 24 points, a career high. Jordan Clarkson added 22 points and four assists. Freshman forward Johnathan Williams III had his first double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
But the subplot was what had people buzzing. With 14:48 left in the game, The Antlers, the longtime student fan group, was ejected from the arena by university police, the second consecutive game in which the group was escorted out of the arena. The Antlers were kicked out before Saturday’s game for making inappropriate chants at Gardner-Webb players.
The Antlers later posted on their Twitter account Monday night they were ejected for making sexual references during the game.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Sunday that The Antlers Grand Poobah, student Emmett Delaney, met with university and athletic department officials last week, during which The Antlers were given a list of vulgar comments the group had made at games. The school officials warned The Antlers they’d be ejected from the arena if they continued to make inappropriate comments, the Tribune reported.
After Monday’s game, Mizzou released a document to reporters with a list of vulgar chants The Antlers made during recent games against Southeastern Louisiana and Hawaii, several of which were sexually graphic and homophobic. The Antlers, according to the email, made a crack about Hurricane Katrina when a Southeastern Louisiana player was shooting a free throw.
It’s unclear what the group said to get ejected from Monday’s game.
After the game, athletic director Mike Alden declined to address questions directly about The Antlers ejection but repeatedly stressed the university’s core values of “respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.”
“When we see people that don’t reflect the values of what we do as an institution, certainly those things are disappointing to us as a university,” Alden said after the game. “We just want to make sure folks represent the university with class.”
“This is a collective position by our institution, that we want to make sure that our students and our staff reflect this institution with class, with dignity, with respect, with responsibility, with discovery and excellence,” he said. “When they don’t, it’s tremendously disappointing to all of us.”
“I’ll say that until the cows home,” he continued, “because that’s who we are. And it’s critically important that our students and staff and everyone associated with the University of Missouri represent this institution with class and dignity and those core values.”